How to Set Up a Journal Word Template

By Filonia LeChat

Writing in a diary or journal can be a way to unwind, fantasize, make plans or just unload after a long day, but having those thoughts on paper may produce a cringeworthy feeling. Instead, go electronic with a digital diary in Microsoft Word. Set up a journal template in Microsoft Word, where you're able to add to, delete and shuffle around your everyday thoughts, with no paper trail.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. The default journal template page size is set at 8.5 inches by 11 inches. To resize the journal page, click the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Size" button below the tab. Click one of the new page sizes and Word adjusts the work area.

Step 2

Click the "Page Layout" tab if it is not already defaulted. Click the "Page Color" button on the ribbon below the tab. Select a small colored square to serve as the page color background for the journal template. Consider a light color so black text shows up well. Word automatically changes the template background color.

Step 3

Change the margins of the journal template to give yourself more room per page. Click the "Margins" button below the "Page Layout" tab and select the "Narrow" option.

Step 4

Type the word "Date:" with a colon in the top-left corner of the page. Highlight the text. Click the "Home" tab. Reformat the text as desired using the options in the "Font" section, such as changing the font and color of the words.

Step 5

Add an image to the journal page by clicking the "Insert" tab. Click the "Clip Art" button. Type a word or phrase, such as "cat" or "cupcake" into the "Search for" box. Click the "Go" button, scroll through the images and double-click one to add it to the journal page.

Step 6

Resize the picture as desired by pressing the "Shift" key, clicking a corner of the image and dragging it smaller or larger.

Step 7

Click the "File" menu. Select "Save As." Type the template name, such as "JournalTemplate" and select a place to save it to on the computer. Click the "Save" button.